New York

54 New York City Facts They Never Taught You In School

New York Smash Magazine  

BY SPENCER MCKEE FOR MOVOTO
Originally published by Movoto.com

When a city never sleeps, a lot of crazy stuff is bound to happen.

1. People are bitten by humans in New York 10 times more than people are bitten by sharks worldwide.

Source: Flickr user josh jensen

Source: Flickr user josh jensen

2. New York City government will purchase one-way tickets for homeless people leaving the city if they can prove they’ve got another place to stay.

3. The rivers in Central Park are manmade and can be turned off with a switch.

4. 75 percent of crosswalk buttons in New York City don’t work.

Source: Flickr user dbbent

Source: Flickr user dbbent

5. Henry H. Bliss was hit by a taxi on West 74th in 1899 making him the first American to be killed by a car. Yay?

6. Tiny shrimp known as copepods can be found in New York’s drinking water. Yum?

7. A person could eat out in New York City every single night for 54 years and never go to the same restaurant twice.

8. It costs anywhere from $125,00-$300,000 annually to have a hot dog stand permit in the vicinity of central park.

Source: Flickr user Flickr4jazz

Source: Flickr user Flickr4jazz

9. Albert Einstein’s eyes are being stored somewhere in New York City in a safe deposit box.

10. Both men and women can be legally topless in New York City.

11. Delivery services can receive upwards of 7,000 parking tickets every day in Manhattan alone.

Source: Flickr user l-l-w

Source: Flickr user l-l-w

12. There are 20,000 bodies underneath washington square park.

13. In New York City it’s possible to sell the air above a building for use in the future.

14. A New York bagel is so dense that some are equivalent to half a loaf of bread.

Source: Flickr user redjar

Source: Flickr user redjar

15. 800 different languages can be heard in New York City, more than any other city on earth.

16. In an attempt to keep the mob from cornering the market, Mayor La Guardia banned artichokes in New York City.

17. Pinball was banned in New York City until 1976 because it was considered a gambling device. This law was lifted when a pinball player was able to prove skill was a factor in a court of law.

Source: Flickr user florence ivy

Source: Flickr user florence ivy

18. Roughly 57 percent of all cigarettes smoked in New York City are smuggled in illegally.

19. The Empire State Building has its own zip code, 10118.

20. Roughly 50 percent of New Yorkers older than 5 speak something other than english when they’re at home.

21. Back in the day, New York City was a popular spot for mastodons to hang out.

Source: Flickr user biodivlibrary

Source: Flickr user biodivlibrary

22. It’s against the law to fart in a church in New York City.

23. Toilet paper was invented in New York City in 1857.

24. Wall Street is named after the wall that the dutch originally used to mark the city limits.

25. Despite popular belief, the term “big apple” originates from racing horses, as one writer said any horse that raced in New York City had reached “the big apple,” a horse’s favorite treat.

Source: Flickr user travis isaacs

Source: Flickr user travis isaacs

26. There’s an island off the coast of the Bronx called hart island where roughly a million unclaimed bodies have been sent to mass graves.

27. Adultery is illegal in New York.

28. During the early 1900s, pigs roamed the streets taking care of New York City ’s garbage.

Source: Flickr user plusgood

Source: Flickr user plusgood

29. Over 2.5 percent of all Americans live in New York City, that’s 1 of every 38.

30. If Brooklyn were to break away from New York City, it would be the nation’s fourth biggest city.

31. Of the 25 largest cities in America, New York City has the lowest crime rate.

32. The Yellow Cabs are yellow because the company founder heard that yellow was the easiest color for the human eye to quickly see.

Source: Flickr user daniel wehner

Source: Flickr user daniel wehner

33. On November 28, 2012, there were no violent crimes reported, a first in modern era New York City .

34. The Statue of Liberty’s sandals are 25 feet long, the equivalent of a size 879.

35. Lightning strikes the Empire State Building more than 100 times a year.

Source: Flickr user anthony quintano

Source: Flickr user anthony quintano

36. Someone dies in new york every 9 minutes, while someone is born every 5.

37. Manhattan’s population grows by 1.34 million each day as commuters come into the borough.

38. If two or more people are together wearing masks, they’re breaking the law in New York City.

Source: Flickr user poster boy nyc

Source: Flickr user poster boy nyc

39. New York has more completed skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world, except for Hong Kong.

40. The most outer layer of the Statue of Liberty is no thicker than two pennies being held together.

41. The statue of liberty is technically in New Jersey.

Source: Flickr user anthony quintano

Source: Flickr user anthony quintano

42. 80 percent of the 2,000 items turned into grand central’s lost and found department each month make it back to their owner.

43. The subway system in New York is the largest in the entire world with over 450 stations and over 800 miles of track.

44. Subways in New York originally had no roof, looking more similar to a roller coaster than what is on the tracks today.

Source: Flickr user mot the barber

Source: Flickr user mot the barber

45. People that perform on the subway aren’t allowed to do so unless they pass a rigorous audition process first.

46. The first and last president to hold office in New York City was George Washington.

47. There are roughly 4,000 street vendors in New York City.

Source: Flickr user davejdoe

Source: Flickr user davejdoe

48. Up to 50,000 tons of salt are used to keep New York City ’s streets clean during each winter storm.

49. Over 250 feature films shoot their scenes in New York City every year.

50. The entry fee for the first New York City marathon in 1970 was only $1.

Source: Flickr user martineric

Source: Flickr user martineric

51. The Dutch purchased Manhattan from the Algonquin tribe for what would be equivalent to $1,000 worth of money today.

52. There are more than 9,000 wooden benches in central park.

53. It used to cost money to ride the Staten Island Ferry. In the early 1800s, it was 25 cents.

54. New York City is the most photogenic city in the world, with more pictures taken of it than anywhere else.

Source: Flickr user arturodonate

Source: Flickr user arturodonate